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Monday, August 25, 2014

ILLUSIVE {Book & Audiobook Review}

Illusive #1
by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Narrated By Caitlin Davies, Kirby Heyborne
Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
Release Date: 07-15-14 
Age Range: 12 and up
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Hachette Audio & Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (July 15, 2014)
The X-Men meets Ocean's Eleven in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure about a band of "super" criminals.

When the MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic, but it came with some unexpected side effects. A small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers. Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba has the handy ability to change her appearance at will. She's what's known as an illusionist...She's also a thief.

After a robbery goes awry, Ciere must team up with a group of fellow super-powered criminals on another job that most would consider too reckless. The formula for the vaccine that gave them their abilities was supposedly destroyed years ago. But what if it wasn't?

The lines between good and bad, us and them, and freedom and entrapment are blurred as Ciere and the rest of her crew become embroiled in a deadly race against he government that could cost them their lives.
At a Glance:

Illusive was a mix between Heist Society by Ally Carter and White Cat by Holly Black (or X-Men meets Oceans Eleven, as the blurb says). I love both of those books (and movies), so it shouldn't be a surprise that I really enjoyed this as well.

The Audio:

I thought the audiobook was really well done. I liked the reader for Ciere a lot.  She did have a few strange pronunciations, for those who are bothered by those types of things. For instance, she didn't always pronounce her "T's". Manhattan was "Man-ha-en," certain was "cer-en," etc. This didn't really bother me, but I thought it was worth noting. Otherwise, I think she did a really great job. There was also a male narrator, and he did a decent job, though he isn't my favorite for this book. I can't point to any reason other than he just doesn't sound like a teenage guy to me.  He didn't have a large role, however, as most of the book was told from Ciere's point of view. I'm really glad that I got this on audio, I thought it added a lot to the story. I would definitely recommend the audiobook. Listen to a sample here.

The Book:

This book was kind of a surprise for me. I didn't really have any idea what it was about, so it was interesting to see how it all played out. The story captured my attention right off the bat. I enjoyed every minute of it, as there was always something going on.

What I really loved about Illusive was the whole Mobster + Xmen feel of it. But I think even if you're not a fan of sci-fi, or X-men etc., you'd still like this book. It was just cool.

There was one thing that kind of made me cringe a little. Ciere had a tendency to freeze up when things got tense. She would just kind of panic and not do anything useful. Now, I like my girls to be smart and tough, so it bugged me that she couldn't come up with anything to help when things went down. But I think it would've been okay except that she continually refused to listen to the adults that knew better. I mean, if she had some brilliant plan, or was crazy powerful, then sure, give everybody an "up yours" and save the day. But if you pretty much suck in a fight, you might want to actually listen to the people who know what they're talking about. Ahhh . . . teenagers. :P

The Romance was interesting because I wasn't quite sure where it was going to go. Turns out I was totally wrong, and I kind of liked it. Romance wasn't a huge part of the story, but it was definitely there, and there was definitely tension. Yay tension!

Overall, I'm so glad I ended up listening to this book. It wasn't even on my TBR pile, and I hadn't really heard anything about it, so it was just a really pleasant surprise. It's been a long time since I've read a book like this, and I didn't realize how much I missed it.  I can't wait to see where the story goes next!

  • Profanity: Moderate
  • Sexual Content: Mild
  • Violence: Moderate
  • Other Notables: Underage drinking


  1. Hmmm, good to know. I wasn't sure and Rachel is the one who found it for a WoW one week. It sounds like it was a good one though! I think I'll have to try it now since I thought xmen about the Shatter Me series which was EPIC!!!!

    1. You'll have to let me know what you think! I definitely think you should give it a shot :D


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